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The mighty giants of our program tower at 50 to 70 cm. (19.7 to 27.6 in.)

Georg Baselitz. Art Edition No. 26–125 ‘Hannahs Beine’

Edition of 100Hardcover in clamshell box, 33 x 44 cm (13 x 17.3 in.), 604 pages, numbered and signed by Georg Baselitz; with the original artwork, [i]Hannahs Beine[/i], 2022, 11-color archival pigment print on 300g cotton paper, 146 x 113 cm, signed by the artist8000Edition: English, French, German Availability: Sold Out

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This Art Edition of TASCHEN’s XXL Georg Baselitz monograph, which presents the full range of his work since 1960 in 400+ images, comes with an 11-color print exclusively created by the artist. The motif is a female nude on her head with two overlaid red stockings, a graphic continuation of the artist’s recent paintings with collage and monotype.

Limited Art Edition (No. 26–125), numbered and signed by Georg Baselitz and with the original artwork, Hannahs Beine, 2022, also signed by the artist
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Sumo
The mighty giants of our program tower at 50 to 70 cm. (19.7 to 27.6 in.)
Georg Baselitz. Art Edition No. 26–125 ‘Hannahs Beine’

Georg Baselitz. Art Edition No. 26–125 ‘Hannahs Beine’

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The world seen upside down

The paintings and sculptures of Georg Baselitz

Proverbially known for the audaciously simple but game-changing strategy of painting the motif on its head, Georg Baselitz has been a consistently challenging artist since the start of the 1960s. His work is always highly charged but surprisingly diverse, starting with the existential figures of paintings such as The Big Night Down the Drain, famously removed from his first solo exhibition for indecency, and the series of “Heroes” that portrayed disabled and exposed figures in a destroyed landscape and order. More and more, the picture space itself became fractured, and by the end of the decade, the artist fully turned the world upside down: trees, factories, eagles, or nude self-portraits actually painted on their heads. This allowed him to freely paint and to engage with conceptual color schemes or off-beat themes, such as men eating oranges, memories of Soviet propaganda paintings, or more recently so-called remixes in a reengagement with his own earlier work as a dialog in time. Already a master of drawing, woodcut, and engraving, from 1980 on Baselitz also created rough sculptures hewn from wood with axe and chainsaw, then adding bronze to his materials in the late 2000s.

The oversize and most in-depth monograph on the artist’s oeuvre features large-format reproductions of more than 400 works in all media plus installation shots and portraits along with texts that approach the subject from different perspectives: a portrait of the artist and his dark sense of humor by long-time connoisseur Richard Shiff, an essay on his formation and development as a painter by critic Jonathan Jones, on the sculptural work from his scandalous success at the Venice Biennale 1980 by art historian and curator Eva Mongi-Vollmer, on his artistic strategies by art historian and curator Carla Schulz-Hoffmann, a collection of small literary texts relating to the artist’s use of myth and history by author and director Alexander Kluge, and a studio conversation with the art journalist Cornelius Tittel. Statements from the artist through the years and an illustrated biography complete this unprecedented survey of Georg Baselitz’s work.

This limited Art Edition of 100 copies comes with an 11-color archival print titled Hannahs Beine, 2022, the stark drawing of a female nude hovering upside-down, hands crossed in front of her lower body. Toward the upper right there is the imprint of two crossed stockings in a vibrant red. This motif is a graphic development of the artist’s Springtime series, begun in 2020, for which he collaged actual nylon stockings over the legs of nude figures, and a series of monotypes of the same motifs in a colorful mode. The print’s nude is drawn in craggy lines that suggest a wrinkled, aged body, floating head-down on the sheet in an existential state, while the stockings’ vibrancy and sense of absurdity lend the work an upbeat note.

Limited Art Edition (No. 26–125), numbered and signed by Georg Baselitz and with the original artwork, Hannahs Beine, 2022, also signed by the artist
The editor

Hans Werner Holzwarth is a book designer and editor specializing in contemporary art and photography. His TASCHEN publications include the Collector’s Editions Jeff Koons, Christopher Wool, Albert Oehlen, Ai Weiwei, and the David Hockney SUMO A Bigger Book, as well as monographs like the XXL-sized Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Georg Baselitz. Art Edition No. 26–125 ‘Hannahs Beine’
Edition of 100Hardcover in clamshell box, 33 x 44 cm (13 x 17.3 in.), 604 pages, numbered and signed by Georg Baselitz; with the original artwork, [i]Hannahs Beine[/i], 2022, 11-color archival pigment print on 300g cotton paper, 146 x 113 cm, signed by the artist

ISBN 978-3-8365-7760-1

Edition: English, French, German